Witness the true splendour of Dr Zhivago landscapes from the warmth of your luxurious carriage, enjoying sleigh rides and choirs, saunas and yurts en-route to Vladivostok. Travel on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express train for an unforgettable 8,000-mile winter adventure. The maximum group number for this tour will be capped at 20, allowing for a more intimate, personal experience.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated St. Pancras Departure Office and embark on an extraordinary journey across almost half of the globe by train. We depart by Eurostar for Brussels in Standard Premier Class. Here, we join Europe's high-speed network, traveling in First Class via Cologne to Berlin, where stay for two nights. On Day 2 we enjoy an 'east meets west' tour of Berlin, admiring the impressive Imperial buildings of this once divided city.
Today we continue eastwards, travelling across the Polish border to the impressive city of Warsaw, where we spend the night.
On Day 4 you have a sightseeing tour of Poland's capital. This beautiful city has hundreds of years of history to uncover - the oldest building in Warsaw is St John's Cathedral, which started construction at the end of the 14th century. A favorite of many who visit is the charming Old Town. Filled with quaint cobbled streets and multicolored buildings, this area is a delight to explore. Although many of the originally medieval buildings were destroyed in World War II, they have been painstakingly restored and reconstructed. Here also, surrounding the main square, Rynek Starego Miasta, you can find numerous upscale restaurants offering delectable Polish fare. This can be anything from 'pierogi', the national dish of Poland which are delicious dumplings filled with cabbage or potato, or sour rye soup, served in a bowl of sourdough bread.
Later we board the overnight sleeper train for a journey to Moscow.
After a journey across Poland into Russia, we arrive in Moscow late this morning. If you select our fl y option of this tour, today is the day you join the rest of your group.
We spend Day 6 in Moscow, seeing Red Square, the Kremlin, Lenin's mausoleum, and St Basil's Cathedral. We also have lunch at Café Pushkin, set in a Baroque mansion on Tverskoy Boulevard. Later, we see some of the most beautiful and ornate Metro stations, before joining the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express to Vladivostok.
Our first stop is Kazan on the River Volga for a walking tour. On Day 8 we cross the Europe-Asia divide, arriving in Yekaterinburg which was founded in 1723 by Peter the Great. Here we visit the site where the Romanov family, headed by Tsar Nicholas II, was murdered in 1918.
On Day 9 we alight in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia, for a guided tour, taking in the world's largest Opera House, and Lenin's imposing statue. The performing arts are an important part of both the city and Siberia, and the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is the largest building of its kind in Russia. Built in 1944, the magnificent structure has been a key symbol of the city ever since. Due to its importance, it's even been nicknamed the 'Siberian Colosseum' and is a much-loved attraction of both Novosibirsk and Siberia.
We spend Day 10 on board, enjoying the passing scenery as we travel through the Sayan Mountains.
On Day 11 we arrive in Irkutsk, founded by Cossacks. One of the largest and best-known cities in Siberia, it takes its name from the nearby Irkut River, which meets the mighty, 1,640-foot-wide Angara River, close to the city. Surrounded by dense forest lands, Irkutsk was founded in 1661 AD as a fort to colonize lands stretching right through Siberia to Alaska. Though little is known about the place from that time, it gained notoriety in the early 19th century, when many Russian nobles, artists and officers were sent into exile in the city for taking part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. The city is affectionately known as 'the Paris of Siberia', and much of the city's cultural heritage came from these political outcasts. Many of their wooden houses have survived, and during a sightseeing tour we take in the fascinating wood-carved architecture, and visit the city's most significant sights and museums, including the Decembrist House Museum.
Today, on Day 12, we experience one of the true highlights of our journey through Siberia. The Golden Eagle skirts vast Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake, totally frozen at this time of year. We wind our way through tunnels and along cliff-hugging tracks on our way to the small village of Listvyanka, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills. At the frozen Lake Baikal, we enjoy a thrilling hovercraft ride, followed by the opportunity to watch ice fishing and sample the freshly caught fish, which will be smoked in a mobile smoke house and served warm, with ice-cold vodka.
Today we arrive in Ulan Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic. Here we visit the Old Believer's Village, where we learn about the culture and history of these religious people as we are treated to a traditional meal and enjoy a concert featuring local musicians and dancers.
On Day 14, we explore the capital of Mongolia. Passing the Genghis Khan monument, we take a guided tour before lunch and an afternoon visit to the Bogd Palace Museum and a local cashmere factory. We return to Ulan Ude by plane, rejoining the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Day 15 is spent on board.
On Day 16 the train follows the Shilka and Amur Rivers close to the Chinese border. Our route takes us across an area of permafrost, as remote as it is dramatic.
During Day 17, we reach the most easterly point of our journey and as we head towards the Pacific coast, we enjoy afternoon tea on board. After travelling across 11 time zones and over 8,000 miles, our epic journey concludes on Day 18 as the Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Vladivostok and we take a tour of this city.
After traveling across 11 time zones and over 8,000 train miles, our epic journey concludes today, as the Trans-Siberian Express arrives in Vladivostok. We take a tour of the city before transferring to the Lotte Hotel for one night, where we enjoy a farewell meal. On Day 19 we transfer to the airport for our return flight via Moscow to London.
We are delighted to offer a version of the tour starting with a flight from London to Moscow. The two tours join together in Moscow on Day 5. Although shorter in length (15 days), this Trans-Siberian adventure includes all the splendour of Moscow, plus the classic rail journey to Vladivostok.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express offers arguably the best quality of rail travel found anywhere in the world. This private train features 2 beautifully appointed restaurant cars, in which freshly prepared meals are accompanied by wine and vodka. There is also a bar car where you can enjoy music from the resident pianist.
Silver Class cabins sleep 2 people silver cabins and consist of a small double lower berth, and a single upper berth. They feature a wealth of amenities including air-conditioning and heating, a wardrobe, luggage space, a safe and DVD/CD player with LCD television screens. Complimentary tea, coffee, and mineral water are available and towels are provided. All Silver Class cabins have private en-suite facilities with a 'wet room' style shower.
Located north of Berlin's city centre, the 4-Star Leonardo Berlin Mitte is designed in a contemporary style, benefitting from comfortable furnishings and fashionable décor. The outside of the buildings maintains a tasteful facade of glass and layered construction. Amenities include a spa area, a fitness suite and a 'Circus' bar with a furnished terrace. The rooms include a hairdryer, a safe, a television, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.
Situated in what was once the city's legendary Hotel Moskva, the 5-Star Four Seasons Hotel is a homage to Soviet Art Deco design and grandeur perfectly placed in the heart of Moscow, just a minute or two's walk from the Kremlin, Red Square and Bolshoi Theatre. Facilities include an impressive, mosaicked swimming pool, a spa and two bars while each of the elegant rooms features air conditioning, a coffee machine, tea making facilities, Roberto Cavalli toiletries as well as a safe and hairdryer.
In Vladivostok, we stay at the Lotte Hotel.
Occupying one of the tallest buildings in the city, the 5-Star InterContinental Hotel is a landmark building in the centre of Warsaw. The hotel has three restaurants and two bars, as well as the 'Riverview Wellness Centre' which has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa (with massage and beauty treatments available - payable locally). Room facilities include satellite TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
• Upgrade your flight from Vladivostok to London Heathrow from £1350 per person
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.